I found it fascinating, especially the way they've used it in that song, as a replacement for a vocal.
I'll show myself the door now.
No one's going to go toy around with a violin for a few weeks and then insist on performing. Or at least, if they do, no one is going to blame the violin for the results.
Nonetheless, as some examples, people like Clara Rockmore, Lydia Kavina, and Carolina Eyck all perform very well for technical, difficult pieces, and Randy George does a good job with more modern, popular pieces.
What is this Theremin performance qualification, and which music police offer it?
More here: http://www.slate.com/content/slate/blogs/browbeat/2009/07/27...
It's a popular instrument that sounds awesome when used properly.
Hell, even I used to own one.
Her name, by the way, is Pamelia Kurstin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJU0QRYbe4A
But maybe if it had something like Auto-Tune, so it had a bias for being on key...
A Theremin that played piano scales would be a sad thing.
It's not that much harder to play than many orchestral instruments. The problem is more that people are used to make-it-easy synths and samplers now, so the idea that you might have to spend a few years learning where the notes are without mechanical help is very alien.
And it's much easier if you have perfect pitch. (I don't, but I know people who do, and I watched one get the pitching right very quickly.)
A dolphin orgy would mean the dolphins were having fun.
Hope you don't mind the plug :)
Thank you for enriching my life.